Former Bosnian Serb military leader Radko Mladic refuses to testify at trial of Radovan Karadzic. Both face charges of genocide at the Hague war crimes tribunal
For six years the former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic stood trial at the Hague Tribunal. On Wednesday, 22 years after the war's end, he was sentenced to life in prison.
Serbian nationalists say this is not justice but revenge. DW's Dragoslav Dedovic says Ratko Mladic got what he deserved. But Serbia remains divided, so the verdict is not, unfortunately, a sign of hope.
Almost a year since the trial of Ratko Mladic was adjourned at the Hague Tribunal, a verdict is expected. Those who suffered directly or indirectly at his hands are keenly awaiting the judgment on Wednesday.
The suicide death of Slobodan Praljak has overshadowed the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia's final verdict. The court has been heavily criticized, but that has not lessened its importance.
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